March Birdie Songs
Posted on Mar 16th, 2009 by Alan @ 11:31 am

The Birdie Mix - March 2009

I make no secret of the fact that I like a bit of prog now and again. When it’s done right there’s nothing better… but of course when it’s not done right all the stereotypes are true. There is an awful lot of really really atrocious music in the genre. I won’t name and shame, they know who they are.

So here are some of the good ‘uns, starting off with Genesis followed by the song that got Marillion pigeon-holed as a Genesis rip-off band. I never really heard the similarity other than a couple of exceptions – this one, which was only ever released as a B side (to their first single in 1982) and “Incommunicado” which I always thought was Marillion’s attempt at “Sussussussudio”. Or something.

Then there’s a romp through some of my favourites from both prog’s salad days of the early 70s to the coffee and wafer thin mint days of the 21st century.

Enjoy – I’m never going to do a 3 hour mix tape again!

Playlist:

  1. Genesis – Supper’s Ready (iLike) (buy)
  2. Marillion – Grendel (iLike) (buy)
  3. Pink Floyd – Echoes (iLike) (buy)
  4. Porcupine Tree – Moonloop (iLike) (buy)
  5. The Mars Volta – L’Via L’Viaquez (iLike) (buy)
  6. Rush – 2112 Overture / The Temples Of Syrinx (iLike) (buy)
  7. Marillion – This Strange Engine (iLike) (buy)
  8. Genesis – Firth Of Fifth (iLike) (buy)
  9. Yes – Heart of the Sunrise (iLike) (buy)
  10. Frost* – Milliontown (iLike) (buy)

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Yes is bad, but we love it
Posted on Mar 12th, 2009 by Alan @ 12:17 pm

In a similar vein to the Yes Is Bad post from last month, my brother sent me this video. Daftly progtastic, no?

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February Birdie Songs
Posted on Feb 11th, 2009 by Alan @ 11:38 am

The Birdie Mix - February 2009

Playlist:

  1. Inspiral Carpets – Saturn 5 (iLike) (buy)
  2. REM – Don’t Go Back To Rockville (iLike) (buy)
  3. Elbow – Any Day Now (iLike) (buy)
  4. Porcupine Tree – The Rest Will Flow (iLike) (buy)
  5. Willard Grant Conspiracy – Flying Low (iLike) (buy)
  6. Elliott Smith – Independence Day (iLike) (buy)
  7. Bob Dylan – Like A Rolling Stone (iLike) (buy)
  8. Justin Currie – No, Surrender (iLike) (buy)
  9. Chris Difford – For A Change (iLike) (buy)
  10. Francis Dunnery – Hometown (iLike) (buy)

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Yes Is Bad
Posted on Feb 3rd, 2009 by Alan @ 1:06 pm

February’s mix tape will be along soon, but I just HAD to post this straight away. Sheer genius from the master of mashups, DJ Moule.

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Sunday’s Gloomy
Posted on Jan 13th, 2009 by Alan @ 2:11 pm

This definitely falls into the category of “deviant suicide mosh”!

Sunday’s Gloomy

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January Birdie Songs
Posted on Jan 9th, 2009 by Alan @ 3:00 pm

The Birdie Mix - January 2009

Playlist:

  1. New Radicals – Jehovah Made This Whole Joint For You (iLike) (buy)
  2. Danny Wilson – I Can’t Wait (iLike) (buy)
  3. Deep Blue Something – Breakfast At Tiffany’s (iLike) (buy)
  4. Roger Waters – The Tide Is Turning (iLike) (buy)
  5. Chris Difford – Cowboys Are My Weakness (iLike) (buy)
  6. Semisonic – Secret Smile (iLike) (buy)
  7. Reamonn – Just A Day (iLike) (buy)
  8. Marillion – Asylum Satellite #1 (iLike) (buy)
  9. Spiritualized – Medication (live) (iLike) (buy)
  10. Goldfrapp – Utopia (iLike) (buy)

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December Birdie Songs
Posted on Dec 4th, 2008 by Alan @ 1:37 pm

The Birdie Mix - December 2008

Playlist:

  1. Grace Jones – William’s Blood (iLike) (buy)
  2. Marillion – Real Tears For Sale (iLike) (buy)
  3. Frost* – Pocket Sun (iLike) (buy)
  4. Steven Wilson – Harmony Korine (iLike) (buy)
  5. Myslovitz – Zycie To Surfing (iLike) (buy)
  6. Eddie Vedder – Society (iLike) (buy)
  7. Willard Grant Conspiracy – The Great Deceiver (iLike) (buy)
  8. Seth Lakeman – The Bold Knight (iLike) (buy)
  9. Tim And Sam’s Tim And Sam Band With Tim And Sam – The Badger Set (iLike) (buy)
  10. A-Ha – Take On Me (Literal Video Version) (iLike) (buy)

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Manic Pop Thrills presents De Rosa + Esperi + The Wildhouse
Posted on Nov 17th, 2008 by Alan @ 11:43 am

MPT presents De Rosa etc

This is how Mike from Manic Pop Thrills described De Rosa to me:

“They were originally a cross between the Pixies and Scottish folk but they’ve added more electronics/keyboards ahead of their second LP. They’ve giving away an LP’s worth of new material that won’t be on their next LP at www.wearederosa.com and it’s way better than we have any right to expect. Check out perhaps Ore, The Sea Cup, Joyless and It Lives In Parks to give you an idea of what they sound like now.”

Sounds promising.

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November Birdie Songs
Posted on Nov 5th, 2008 by Alan @ 11:57 am

I’m clearly not very good at the “blogging about individual songs on a regular basis” thing, so I’ve decided to change the format of MMSLTBS and see how it works out. I’m still going to post daft stuff that I find as individual tracks, and I’ll definitely add more to the Whatever Happened To Jellyfish series as it gives me a real buzz to track down all the bizarre projects they’ve been involved with since Jellyfish broke up, but the mainstream of this site will be a monthly mixtape (just like the short-lived Muxtape project, and using an open source piece of code called Opentape that was inspired by it)

I’m starting with a top 10 for November. It’s a mixed bag – there’s an amazing track from the new Marillion album in there, a couple of mashups, a crappy Andrew Lloyd Webber track to mark McMaradona’s homecoming on the 19th, and then some plain great tracks that I’ve been listening to a lot recently. Hope you enjoy it!

The Birdie Mix - November 2008

NOTE: As it’s no longer November, this playlist isn’t available any more. For info, the tracklist was:

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Science Made Simple
Posted on Nov 5th, 2008 by Alan @ 8:52 am

I saw this clip of Bjork today, and couldn’t help but think of the little girl from Absolutely… my favourite was her explanation of the telephone but I can only find the audio of that at the moment…

Watching the Bjork clip is it any wonder I thought she was the perfect woman when I was a lad? Well, it was a fairly close-run thing between her and Sherilyn Fenn, but that’s another story entirely.

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